Surf Zone Mapping and Sensor Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-C-0395
Agency Tracking Number: N041-141-0705
Amount: $443,650.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-141
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 400, Reston Plaza, Reston, VA, -
DUNS: 072651391
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marshall Earle
 Asst. Vice President
 (985) 649-7252
 md.earle@neptunesci.com
Business Contact
 Marc Chazan
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (703) 788-7722
Email: mchazan@plansys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A Surf Zone (SZ) Mapping and Sensor System based on bottom drifters that are relatively invulnerable to effects of breaking waves and that are moved by near bottom currents without using their own power will be further developed. Each drifter will be large enough to incorporate multiple sensors such as those used to measure bathymetry, waves, and surf. A number of drifters deployed in a SZ will form a mobile SZ measurement and mapping system. Data will be relayed via radio or satellite as drifters surface outside of a SZ due to transport by near bottom currents. A variant will map currents, bathymetry, and water properties in rivers and estuaries. Simplified Phase I option drifters that were built and field tested verified the preliminary design and overall concept. The Phase I preliminary design will serve as the basis of a Phase II detailed design. Several Phase II drifters with a complete set of sensors will be built, tested extensively in the field, and used in major field experiments. Performance of the entire system will be evaluated. Transition/commercialization activities, including field demonstrations, will be started with potential users.

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